Small Appliances

55 Kitchen-Tested Products

Indoor Gardens
Published: January 2019
Indoor Gardens
Countertop garden systems promise to make it easy to grow fresh herbs. Do they d…
Buy the Winner
Burr Grinders
Published: January 2019
Burr Grinders
Coffee aficionados have long debated the best brewing method, but is the secret …
Buy the Winner
The June Intelligent Oven
Published: September 2018
The June Intelligent Oven
A countertop oven with artificial intelligence that “recognizes” and automatical…
Buy the Winner
Indoor Pizza Ovens
Published: September 2018
Indoor Pizza Ovens
Is a specialty appliance the secret to making great pizza at home?
Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System
Published: September 2018
Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System
This intelligent cooking set includes an induction burner that wirelessly commun…
Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker
Published: July 2018
Cuisinart Automatic Cold Brew Coffeemaker
Cold-brewed coffee in 25 minutes instead of the standard 12 to 24 hours: the rea…
Behmor Connected 8-Cup Brew System
Published: May 2018
Behmor Connected 8-Cup Brew System
Does it matter if your coffee maker is smart?
Buy the Winner
Air Fryers
Published: March 2018
Air Fryers
We cooked more than 3,600 frozen french fries, 60 potatoes, and 40 pounds of chi…
Buy the Winner
Sous Vide Machines (Immersion Circulators)
Published: October 2017
Sous Vide Machines (Immersion Circulators)
Sous vide machines are cheaper, sleeker, and smarter than ever before. Can we fi…
Buy the Winner
High-End Blenders
Published: January 2018
High-End Blenders
We investigate the new crop of pricey blenders to see what you get—and whether i…
Buy the Winner
Midpriced Blenders
Published: July 2017
Midpriced Blenders
From burnt-out motors to cracked pitchers and smoothies that aren’t smooth, most…
Buy the Winner
Espresso Machines
Published: July 2017
Espresso Machines
Want to skip the lines—and the expense—at the coffee bar and get your espresso o…
Buy the Winner
Mini Slow Cookers
Published: May 2017
Mini Slow Cookers
They may look like novelty items, but these itty-bitty slow cookers are more ver…
Buy the Winner
Slow Cookers
Published: January 2017
Slow Cookers
Can machines designed for the same simple purpose—cooking food slowly enough th…
Buy the Winner
Food Dehydrators
Published: September 2016
Food Dehydrators
To find the best dehydrator, we purchased five models and set them to work creat…
Buy the Winner
Ice Cream Makers
Published: July 2016
Ice Cream Makers
Home ice cream makers are well worth the money and counter space—if you buy a go…
Buy the Winner
High-End Professional-Style Food Processors
Published: January 2016
High-End Professional-Style Food Processors
We tested two high-end food processors to see whether they offered any extra fea…
Electric Waffle Makers (Waffle Irons)
Published: January 2016
Electric Waffle Makers (Waffle Irons)
We set a price cap of $100 and tested 13 irons, making batches of both a Belgian…
Buy the Winner
Personal Blenders
Published: November 2015
Personal Blenders
“Personal blenders” offer promising perks over full-size blenders, such as small…
Buy the Winner
Knife Sharpeners, 20-Degree (Conventional Western)
Published: June 2015
Knife Sharpeners, 20-Degree (Conventional Western)
We tested nine sharpeners designed to maintain 20-degree (Western style) knives.
Buy the Winner
Rice Cookers
Published: May 2015
Rice Cookers
A good rice cooker should make the task of cooking rice convenient and foolproof…
Buy the Winner
Large Ice Cream Makers
Published: May 2015
Large Ice Cream Makers
We churned vanilla ice cream and raspberry sorbet in five different large ice cr…
Bread Machines
Published: March 2015
Bread Machines
We tested five bread machines to see if the newer, less-expensive models now on …
Tea Machines
Published: January 2015
Tea Machines
Would brewing tea with a tea machine be more convenient than using a regular ele…
Buy the Winner
Home Seltzer Makers
Published: September 2014
Home Seltzer Makers
Home seltzer makers that transform still water into sparkling promise clear adva…
Buy the Winner
Greek Yogurt Maker
Published: March 2014
Greek Yogurt Maker
This appliance promises to streamline the process of making Greek yogurt at home…
Buy the Winner
Stand Mixers (High-End)
Published: November 2013
Stand Mixers (High-End)
A stand mixer is one of the most expensive appliances in your kitchen, so it had…
Buy the Winner
Best Coffee Maker (Automatic Drip)
Published: March 2013
Best Coffee Maker (Automatic Drip)
The success of our favorite—but very pricey—Dutch automatic drip model spurred t…
Buy the Winner
Toaster Ovens
Published: March 2011
Toaster Ovens
Do you really need to spend $250 to get a good piece of toast?
Buy the Winner
Coffee Grinders
Published: November 2001
Coffee Grinders
It's more of a challenge to choose among available coffee grinders than it is to…
Buy the Winner
Quesadilla Maker
Published: March 2005
Quesadilla Maker
Do you really need this?
Electric Spice Grinders
Published: May 2004
Electric Spice Grinders
Is it worth the trouble? Yes. And it’s no trouble at all if you choose the right…
Buy the Winner
Multicookers (Electric Pressure Cookers)
Published: November 2017
Multicookers (Electric Pressure Cookers)
The Instant Pot is incredibly popular. But is it really the best multicooker on …
Inexpensive Blenders
Published: December 2017
Inexpensive Blenders
Our winning midrange and high-end blenders are excellent—but pricey. Could we fi…
Buy the Winner
Immersion Blenders
Published: February 2017
Immersion Blenders
Manufacturers brag about speeds and power, but what really makes a good blender?…
Buy the Winner
Fondue Pots
Published: February 2017
Fondue Pots
Retro? Maybe. But nothing beats a good old-fashioned fondue pot when it comes to…
Buy the Winner